Siemens PLM expands partner program

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Siemens PLM and the German engineering group’s Technology to Business (TTB) division are expanding a manufacturing partnership program¬†to include robotics startups. Until now the so-called “Frontier Partner Program” made available Siemens PLM software to startups keen to develop 3D printing innovations. Now, however, entrepreneurs with a focus on robotics technologies can also qualify for the […]

At Ford, autonomous driving moves to next stage

Ford's autonomous vehicle project is moving to the next phase of development (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development and said it is moving ahead with its driverless-car project. The US automaker said 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer will¬†lead a global team to work on the advanced program. Advanced engineering is the next step in bringing a feature to market. It follows the research phase. […]

KPMG: Most insurers unprepared for autonomous-driving era

KPMG warns car insurers that autonomous driving will fundamentally change their  business(Photo: Daimler)

If the US insurance industry experts’ predictions are any guide, it will be at least 10 years before autonomous cars will become a factor in driving. A recent survey of insurance executives carried out by consultants KPMG found that 84 pc of executives don’t see any significant impact on their business until 2025. Nearly three […]

Siemens awards cloud platform order to Atos

Siemens hopes the new platform will accommodate growth and boost efficiency (Photo: Kurt Bauer)

Siemens, which is moving business systems and processes from classic SAP ERP to SAP HANA, has awarded Atos¬†a six-year multi-million-euro contract to provide a cloud-based platform for data services. The consultant and systems integration specialist said the SAP HANA platform, which will be based on the x86 “bullion” server made by Bull, will support more […]

Broadcasters press for in-car digital reception

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Initiatives to replace FM with digital radio are speeding up across Europe, but the auto industry has been slow to follow suit in the car, broadcast executives say. That may be about to change as countries review the future of FM and begin switching off the nearly 80 year old radio platform. Such a switch-off […]

At JLR, a focus on brainwaves to improve safety

JLR says drivers can be distracted even when they seem to concentrate on driving (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is researching whether a car could capture a driver’s brainwaves to identify whether he or she is distracted. The research project, which is called “Mind Sense,” wants to see whether car systems could detect whether a driver isn’t fully concentrated, despite having his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the […]

Survey: Many drivers unfamiliar with infotainment features

Audi drivers are most likely to use infotainment features (Photo: Audi)

More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a survey¬†of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants […]

Cox Automotive to buy Dealertrack

Kelley Blue Book is part of Cox Automotive (Photo: Kelley)

Cox Automotive said it plans to acquire Dealertrack, a maker of automotive retail software for 4 billion dlrs in cash. The US digital marketing group said that, together, the two companies will offer a bigger portfolio of products and services to consumers, dealers, lenders and car manufacturers. “Integrating our platforms will be a big step […]

JCI may sell automotive business

JCI presented an innovative interiors study at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt (Photo: JCI)

Johnson Controls is exploring strategic options for its automotive business, whose core products are seating¬†and interior systems. The US-based automotive supplier, which is among the top providers of seating systems to the auto industry, said a possible divestment would let it focus more directly on its other two business areas; energy storage and building efficiency. […]

Toyota mulls using open-source version of Ford’s AppLink

Ford's Sync 3 is based on the company's Applink software (Photo: Ford Motor)

Toyota said it may use an open-source version of Ford Motor’s AppLink connectivity system to speed up development of its connected in-car infotainment systems. ‚ÄúThe in-car app market is quickly evolving,” Shigeki Terashi, a Toyota senior managing officer, said in a press statement. “Developing robust, flexible, safe and user-friendly connected services is a priority for […]